The hiring of a tourism and economic vitality director by the Town of the Payson should help push forward the goals and objectives of increasing tourism and economic activity.
Cameron Davis was selected from a group of 33 candidates. His credentials speak well of his ability to be an asset for the town and the community. He was one of six who were interviewed for the town's position. His appointment was unanimously ratified by the council at Thursday's meeting.
Davis comes to Payson with 10 years of marketing-type experience, along with Internet and Web experience, town officials said.
We hope these skills will translate into a concrete, well-rounded and well-thought out tourism and economic vitality program.
We hope his plans include establishing an excellent working relationship with the Rim Country Chamber, the tribe, and other community based groups. These relationships are critically important to the well-being of the business community, which will translate into better services for the community at large.
Davis has a background in advertising and used his Web page experience to wow the town's selection committee, which included the mayor, the interim town manager, a tourism task force representative and the head of the regional economic development corporation.
We hope his advertising and marketing experience will also wow potential businesses and tourists to come to Payson.
The town has a lot to sell: it is the gateway to three national forests, a breadth of outdoor activities, festivals and other events that people from the Valley and elsewhere want to enjoy. There are many challenges that the newest town department head will face, not the least of which will be bringing all the tourism and economic development movers and shakers to the same table. Working together, much can be accomplished; working down individual paths will lead to much frustration.
We hope Davis and his office can be a rallying point for all those who believe Payson has something to offer visitors. We hope his appointment will be the start of a good working relationship among town officials and the council.
We wish him the best of luck and are eager to see him in action.